What is it with all the Facebook messenger spam?

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I have been getting at least one of these Facebook Messenger spam  requests every day now. I’m not so sure what is driving this. It does beg the question if it is being driven by  the surging popularity of Facebook Messenger?
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Has there been a sudden surge in (fake) Facebook IDs set up? If so that might explain the Facebook Messenger spam surge. The thing I don’t understand is why now? What has prompted the increase in fake interactions now? More Facebook related topics here.